The Staatsoper Unter den Linden originally launched the Festtage more than 20 years ago and 2018 will see this wonderful easter ritual for opera and classical music lovers return, from Saturday 24th March until Monday 2nd April. The festival will be held at the Staatsoper – a magical venue, that is even more so when filled with the works of some of Europe’s best classical composers.Some concerts will also be held at the Philharmonie – another incredible Berlin building to experience.
The works are performed by some of opera’s brightest stars with international and state opera singers, musicians and conductors in Berlin for the festival. The Festtage will open on Saturday 24th March with a concert at the Berlin Philharmonie by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, performing Gustav Mahler’s
Symphony No. & in E Minor. There will be a 45 minute lecture before the performance in German. Works from Claude Debussy will also be performed at the Philharmonie during the festival.
The Staatsoper programme includes performance of Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi, which will also feature a 45 minute pre-performance lecture (in German), and the opera will be performed in Italian with English and German surtitles. Richard Wagner’s Parsifal is also on the programme and renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim will either conduct or play piano in all performances throughout the Festtage.
The programme can be viewed here online. There is also detailed information about each performance and tickets can be purchased online. You can also buy tickets at the ticket counter at the Staatsoper between 11am and 7pm daily. The Staatsoper is at Unter den Linden 7 in Mitte and the Philharmonie is at Herbert von Karajan Straße 1 in Kreuzberg.